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The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos

Broadway and El Sereno The very first subdivision or planned neighborhood in Los Gatos was along Broadway and nearby (Clifton Avenue, Browadway Extension and Wood Road).  There had already been quite a few houses built at that time in Los Gatos, but none were planned areas per se. John Lyndon was the developer and he bought the land and created 48 parcels which were sold in 1881 – a good six years before the far larger Almond Grove district was created and 6 years before the town was incorporated, too. A few homes in this area may already have been present, though, and seem to predate the 1881 date.

No doubt, Mr. Lyndon’s real estate buying decision was at least partially influenced by the location of his Lyndon Hotel, a whose bar was a popular hangout for the likes of John Steinbeck and Charlie Chaplain, which was located at the corner of Santa Cruz Avenue and Broadway, and now is the Lyndon Plaza (since sadly the hotel was torn down in the 1960s).

What was once a fairly quiet end of town is today mostly in the heart of it. The area closest to the post office enjoys a wide road (if desperately in need of repair), a good variety of Victorian and mostly older, historic homes, and is very uniformly well kept. Because it is either “in town” or “close to town”, the road is lined with cars most days – perhaps also because these houses of course pre-dated garages.

  • 1 Broadway Ave and El Sereno big file 468x360 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    View of Broadway on a day with few cars - the hill is called El Sombroso
  • 2 Broadway home 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    One of the many older looking homes on Broadway which includes a welcoming front porch
  • 3 Colorful Broadway home 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    Colorful old Victorian era home
  • 8 hiding behind picket fence and lush greenery 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    Many of the Los Gatos historic homes have picket fences, but this one also has dense shrubbery, making it fairly private
  • 9 Sidewalk view 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    View from the sidewalk on Broadway
  • The Waterman House on Broadway appx 1875
    The Waterman House - appx 1875
  • 4 Mediterranean home on Broadway 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    Larger Mediterranean house on Broadway
  • 5 Inviting front porch 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    A welcoming home on Broadway
  • 6 Shingled home 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    An unusual sight in Los Gatos: a shingled home
  • 7 Home on Broadway 421x324 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    Another Victorian era home
  • 10 Broadway home 574x442 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    Lovely old colonnaded home
  • 10 cars and cars 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    Broadway looking toward Monte Sereno and Saratoga
  • 12 Broadway with cars 650x500 - The historic Broadway area neighborhood in Los Gatos
    Often there are many cars along Broadway today

Where is the Broadway Historic District in Los Gatos?

The Town of Los Gatos has a Historic Districts Map – have a look:

Town of Los Gatos Historic Districts Map

 

Broadway neighborhood of Los Gatos real estate information

Browse listings of historic Los Gatos homes for sale or pending   / under contract (browse) – built 1920 or earlier:

  1. 4 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 2,695 sq ft
    Lot size: 1.66 ac
    Year built: 1910
  2. 2 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,147 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,998 sqft
    Year built: 1920
  3. 2 beds, 1 bath
    Home size: 1,260 sq ft
    Lot size: 3.21 ac
    Year built: 1916

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(all data current as of 12/12/2017)

Listing information deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Read full disclaimer.

SOLD and closed Historic homes in Los Gatos (Almond Grove, Edelen, Downtown, Glenridge, Broadway and more areas) also 1920 or earlier:

  1. 5 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,796 sq ft
    Lot size: 6,250 sqft
    Year built: 1900
  2. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,758 sq ft
    Lot size: 4,360 sqft
    Year built: 1900
  3. 3 beds, 3 baths
    Home size: 1,785 sq ft
    Lot size: 5,218 sqft
    Year built: 1910
  4. 3 beds, 4 baths
    Home size: 2,452 sq ft
    Lot size: 32,399 sqft
    Year built: 1920
  5. 3 beds, 2 baths
    Home size: 1,946 sq ft
    Lot size: 8,772 sqft
    Year built: 1906

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(all data current as of 12/12/2017)

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Mary Pope-Handy

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